(Deu 12:19 KJV) Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.(Heb 10:25 KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.(Eccl 4:9 KJV) Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.(Eccl 4:11 KJV) Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
(1 Cor 14:31 KJV) For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.(Eccl 4:13 KJV) Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished. 14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.(Heb 5:14 KJV) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.(1 Pet 3:15 KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
(Psalms 20:1 KJV) The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; 2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; 3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. 4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. 5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions. 6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. 8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. 9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.Psalms 18:1 ...I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. 6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. 7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.Let me first say that Blind obedience personally for anyone, even to a local Church, organization, denomination, individuals is dangerous, AND STILL wrong. We are also personally to be able to give reasons for our personal faith, beliefs, acts now as well.The Church
(Mat 4:4 KJV) But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.(Mat 3:10 KJV) And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.(Mat 6:33 KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.(Luke 9:49 KJV) And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.(Mat 12:30 KJV) He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.Many persons today do have Questions about the Christian church, even as to how validy it really is today, even as to what is the right structure organiaztional for a church now is as well? even as to what role they should also personally play in Church? What really is a church? What is supposedly a good church? How do I spot a bad church? Is church Membership Biblical to start of with? Can I be a Christian and serve God outside of a formal religious church, or in a denomination? God does not oneject to us aksing him questions if we sincerely desire to know the truth.Apostle Peter worked within the church from the first day, from Pentecost. Apostle Paul worked outside of the Church. Certainly not every thing done within a church is Holy Spirit led. Certainly not everyone working out of the church is Holy Spirit led. Some people do seem like to operate with the church, others tend to not to and really why is that??? Is it cause they have had bad experiences in doing so ? or is it cause God is leading them that way?God also still calls some persons to be married and other persons to be single too.Some persons say..Too many Christians themselves have never studied what the Bible actually says about the church, Holy spirit gifted men- offices to the Christian Church Universal by God, so they too are ignorant, they do not know, they are even confused about the role that they all should play today in Christ's Church."Why is the word Church in the Bible always singular and not plural .. Churches? or d Did you ever stop to think that maybe God really does not WANTS you to be in a "church"? The Pharisees fell into the false religious trap of the necessity of a formal religion. The church really is not a place we merely go to, or a thing we join. How do you define a true Church.. Is it your denomination where you meet once, twice or three times a week? Is it a true Church? Any denomination certainly is not a true church!What men often call as the true "church" is often not the church at all! The church firstly is all of those people in whom the Spirit of God dwells. It thus is not a building, an organization, or a denomination of men.(John 4:23 KJV) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
(John 4:25 KJV) The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
(Acts 2:46 KJV) And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,In this last verse we see that true belivers met at home or in a building. It really is also not the meeting place that determines if your church is true or not.Sadly there are many places of worship, organized, having a pastor leading them that are still inadequate, false. (Rev 1:4 KJV) "John to the seven churches..." The Book of Revelation itself includes letters to seven different types of churches. Some were good, some were bad, some even were closed caused they were so bad.Some people lie, and misquote scripture when they try to apply the verse, "(1 Chr 16:22 KJV) Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. (Psa 105:15 KJV) Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. ".. as being also applicable to crooked pastors now.. for god's true anointed ones do not commit continually their immoral acts firstly. But still what about those too many crooked pastors, elders supposedly and those mostly money hungry churches who do not really care about your good welfare, but your money? They are supposedly merely another place for some people to find a job, employment. False Churches, false religion and the making of money seem to be often related, wrongfully go hand in hand.. I also do have not any doubts that there are inadequate churches, that do not live by faith, according to the gospel, just look at how many churches today wrongfully still do sell the books, tapes, videos, Bibles in the church and on the net as well, are wrongfully involved in commercial enterprises. Sadly many people in these churches, the leaders included as well still really do not live by faith in God, faith in God to now supply all of their needs.. even though they may say otherwise with their mouth their own acts show otherwise.
(Exo 20:3 KJV) Thou shalt have no other gods before me."The Church today tends also to use a secular approach, it sends out request and asks, or begs for moneys, INSTEAD OF GETTING ON THEIR KNEES AND PRAYING FOR IT. The Church today sadly mostly does not live by faith. (Heb 10:38 KJV) Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him."Also 25 years ago God told me that the Pastors themselves were too often stealing the tithes.. God confirmed to me that the Book of Malachi was firstly about the bad pastors abusing the tithes by even not using it in the manner that God had wanted. And that was the main reasons God was still next not supplying their needs and why they had to beg for money for their ministry as well. God has not called anyone into a New Testament Ministry of raising fundsfor the Church, Ministry, wrongfully begging for them. And sadly still it is the crooked people, the bad pastors now who do still often use supposedly valid issues as an excuse to get more of the money, funding from God's people.. so it cannot be used for God's real Ministry. This is also demonic!! ""I do not agree about anyone asking us for money.. no one.. not one single person. I generally reply that they ask God to help them and not man, that they look to God for help and not me.. this is a rightful approach of mine too.. " God does and will supply all the needs of his servants and if God is not doing it the fault lies with the servant, there is something doing with him or her still that first needs to be dealt with.. man many people abuse, steal God's money, are unfaithful with it and so God he rightfully does not trust them with his money anymore..Many persons wrongfully still do not walk rightfully with God, pastors and elders included for they even still cleave to their bad friends, bad advisors and thus are not blessed for it.. not trusted with God's moneys for their ministry too.(Luke 16:11 KJV) If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Luke 16:9 KJV) And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. (Luke 16:13 KJV) No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."God has supplied all of my needs, God alone, I have never asked man to help me in the Lord's work. This is the right way. when I expect any man or women to do it I will, am disappointed rather they show me how unfaithful they are.. and rightfully so. cause I am trusting in man to help me and not God.. the just shall live by faith in God , includes all persons now too.A friend of mine told me that he was looking for a new computer chair. I also then thought it was time for me also to get a new one. The two chairs that I had were no longer comfortable, they were well used, and they needed to be repaired even replaced. This time I though I would get a good chair one that does not break so easily. I looked in the catalogue, flyers and I noticed that chairs costs from $59 but next a good chair cost about $259.00. I thought to myself well at that price the good chair is more than what I ever wanted to pay so I better wait and God will provide the money for it or the chair it if I really need it. Within four days a neighbour rang my door bell and asked if I wanted freely a good computer chair.. His own landlord no longer had place to store it and had offered it to him, but he immediately thought of me that it would be more suitable for me... so God provide the good chair.. in a manner quickly and beyond my own expectations too. God has provided me many freely computer chairs as well in fact, showing that he cares and that he can a abundantly supplies our needs.(Psa 84:11 KJV) For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.(Psa 1:1 KJV) Blessed ( only) is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.(Psa 1:2 KJV) But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.Each person now should still firstly pray to God, not beg to any man for God to supply allof their needs.. they should also pray to God to (Mat 6:11 KJV) Give us this day our daily bread. (Mat 6:13 KJV) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.God is no respecter of persons, he provides to his faithful followers.. he provided to Pastor George Mueller hundred of thousands without George Mueller ever asking any others for any of the money.A godly shepherd, is the role for all Pastors, for they are to care about the overall physical and spirutal welfare of his flock, and tell them the whole truth too.. (Prov 27:23 KJV) Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. 24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? and that includes (Psa 112:9 KJV) He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. (1 Tim 5:8 KJV) But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.You don't still really believe these people even in the churches now are Christians who do ask constantly others for their money? who are wrongfully begging even for money? Their acts rather are a clear sign of lack of faith in God, and unrepentant sins in their life to me.. and rightfully I have no doubt about it too. So how can they any of the others in the right way if they themselves now are not walking it too?(1 John 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 2:1 KJV) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.If you do not contribute to their pockets, or if you dare to speak against their idols many of these persons today will next still persecute you as well.. whether it is their idol of their family, relatives, denomination, favorite speaker, favorite church, favorite subject or theology.. and they will not go along with you... as my predecessor Apostle Paul too has often found our firsthand..
(2 Tim 4:10 KJV) For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica;
Christian people do give of their own money for the Christian Ministry, to also feed the pastor and his family, they do also pay for his dwelling place, do pay for his car, his gas, utilities. expesnes as well.. but as I have too often seen it the Pastor instead will encourage his own son next to go into the business world to make money.. to become rich, to be able to buy a large new home, nice cars too.. and not into the Ministrythis is the Christian Gospel today?
(2 Cor 6:15 KJV) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (1 Tim 6:10 KJV) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim 6:11 KJV) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
(1 Tim 6:12 KJV) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
What God has often shown us is that ALL the denominations, creeds, and groups in what men call "Christianity" are regularly as well in error, too often wrong. We can thus really be safe to reject ALL of them in full because God has sent none of them. Denominationliasm, Sectarianism, Divsions none of that is from God but from Man.
Yes, there are bits and pieces of truth in all of the groups, organizations, denominations, churches - else they would not be able to deceive no one or trap anyone. All of your truth still rather needs to come solely, really from God. When God baptized you with the holy Ghost that was GOD telling you that you do love Him. Man's own acceptance and witness means nothing. Many people have right feelings, right spirutal leadings, but they do sttill condemn themselves because what they are feeling goes against what they are told they ought to feel by men (or women) who don't really know God. God's testimony also alone means everything. When you received the Holy Ghost baptism, that was GOD putting you into HIS church (1 Cor. 12;13), and that is the only church there is that matters to Him and should to you now as well.
"if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Ps. 11:3).Because men have not sought God, they have built their religious ideas and institutions on their carnal understanding of what is right. Man does not know what is right. Man does not know how to worship in the right way at all. For that, we need to be led by the Spirit of God.
You will never find the whole truth even among the Christian denominations (even the Fundemental or the Pentecostal ones), even though many of God's children go there trying to please God. There is no such thing in the kingdom of God as a "choir", or "Sunday school", or even their "building" they worship in as being a "church". These are all "traditions", but they certainly are not all the commandments of God.
Are the Baptists, Pentecostals and the others so called Christians persons we meet and their denominations as well really wrong now? They are too often merely providing "other ways" for people to think they are serving God especially when they are not obeying Him completely.Everyone who does not believe the whole truth is wrong, regardless of what men call them. Or as Moses said: "follow not a multitude to do evil". Let us be "followers of God as dear children". Let us obey God, and obey the Spirit of God, "for they that are led by the Spirit, these are the sons of God."(John 10:12 KJV) But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. (John 10:13 KJV) The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.(1 Cor 5:12 KJV) For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
(1 Cor 6:9 KJV) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Note: These above admonishing not to do these things are written FIRSTLY to the church..
(1 Pet 4:17 KJV) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
I have had the rightful expectation for all Evangelical Pastors in Canada as well to act in an exemplary, honorable, decent manner, whereas in direct contrast to my rightful expectation in reality I found the last 30 years this was not so, not for the majority of them.. and there is no way I am too also going to go along with this still.I also do sahre, write what I know, have seen, have experienced, what God told me was the truth.. the truth that too many people in the church today are wrongfully idolaters, immoral and they are ALSO unfaithful to God as an unfaithful wife is unfaithful to her husband... and we do need to pray for them as well, for them to repent...
(James 5:16 KJV) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.(John 8:44 KJV) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.Sadly too many even Christian persons are still taken at will by the Devil, even some of those persons in Church leadership positions. The Devil is the one behind their too many lies, falsehoods, sins, distortions. God still demands that these persons that also do they repent now.(Acts 17:30 KJV) but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.(Acts 2:38 KJV) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.If we also do look at the religious leaders even at the time of Christ we saw there as well as now that the prevalent church ministers, leaders themselves did not practise what they preached to others, they were not the first ones to really follow after God, Jesus Christ but they often were religious for false reasons, and made a real pretence of their being religious for various false reasons too. They have their own false agenda's.But even today there are ALSO good persons who do care about the good welfare of God's flock and rightfully do not abuse them, do not take advantage of them. They truly do in contrast to the false persons, they do follow after Christ and his teachings, the Holy Spirit.(1 Cor 2:2 KJV) For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.(Rev 12:11 KJV) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.Still one of the very sad tragedy of being religious is how quickly we do next turn our eyes of God and do wrongfully turn them upon man, when there is no just man as well.(Eccl 7:20 KJV) For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.We do too often wrongfully even hero worship, idolize pastors and some persons do even their false teachings, Churches now too and why? Because we have a low self esteem or because we do not value God and his words enough?(Rev 2:16 KJV) Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.We do still too often do turn our eyes rather upon the pastor, elders, the church, church members even to Help us, to be of assistance to us and next we will be, not might be, will be very disappointed for we have firstly turned our eyes of God, Christ.(Jer 17:5 KJV) Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.Sadly next even when we do not have our eyes on mere men, some of them next do wrongfully still do intent on doing us harm, even ARE trying to exploit us. Sadly even in our own family there are persons who selfishly want to abuse us too.(Mat 10:34 KJV) Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
(Mat 10:35 KJV) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
(Mat 10:36 KJV) And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
(Mat 10:37 KJV) He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
(Mat 10:38 KJV) And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
(Mat 10:39 KJV) He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.Some persons. pastors included they do not always accept us cause we follow after Christ. some follow wrongfully after us cause they firstly do seek a payment, reward from us and in this they are also violating God's commandment of(Mat 10:8 KJV) freely ye have received, freely give.(Luke 6:38 KJV) Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.(Mat 10:40 KJV) He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
(Mat 10:41 KJV) He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
(Mat 10:42 KJV) And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.(Psa 7:1 KJV) O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:A member of one of my own home churches once had said to me she did not consider me good enough to follow after, and my reply was I was glad cause I preferred that she firstly follow after Jesus Christ alone..
Idolizing men, the false pastors is dangerous to us as well.. I have also often, often wondered why at least 60 percent of all pastors are unfaithful to God, and why at least 50 percent of all believers fall away from God.. The reasons why also was they too like so many of us they did not abide daily in God's words as well..
(John 15:7 KJV) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
(Isa 66:2 KJV) For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.To abide in Christ means also to abide in His Words and to fellowship often with His people, even to be humbly submissive one to another, that includes all of the believers of the body of Christ too, but it also means as well as all believers also helping the local poor persons in the local church.When I too do want to see how spiritual someone really is I still do rightfully also look to see how they personally themselves do now really treat the poor persons, other Christians, to see even what they do firstly themselves do for poor persons especially the believers, even the Pastors, writers and I do not merely look at what they claim they do or promise to do as well. The love of money is still the root of all evil for too many persons even in the Ministry these days. I also see if they pray and read the Bible at least one hour per day.(Mat 26:40 KJV) And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.(James 1:27 KJV) Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.(James 2:1 KJV) My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?(James 2:14 KJV) What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
(1 John 4:20 KJV) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
Any Membership in the body of Christ the church is also not like a social club that insures you go to heaven based on all of the good deeds you supposedly have done so far.. rather it is continuing to still follow after the Word of God and doing all that God still asks of you.. that includes loving, God, loving other believers and helping others as well and not rather abusing the others.. as I have seen too many evangelical pastors and elders too often do sadly too
(Rom 16:18 KJV) For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.(Phil 3:19 KJV) Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Rev. 21:7-8 - He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
(Rom 11:21 KJV) For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.(1 Pet 5:5 KJV) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
It is remarkable that Both Apostle James and Apostle Peter teach the very same identical truths."God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble", "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up". and "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:"
and clearly " all of you be subject one to another, " means also subject to the the ttrue other believers only,
(Eph 5:11 KJV) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.,
for submitting one to another is equated with submitting to God as well..The Bible teaches voluntarily, not enforced Mutual submissions and done in humbleness and in love, even for elders, pastors, not a one way dictatorial submissions but we do first have to be humble before God, others before we can submit to God, others..
(1 Pet 5:1 KJV) The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.(John 13:34 KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.(Gal 5:22 KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.(Mat 7:16 KJV) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.where as in reality(Jer 2:8 KJV) The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, ( they do it for the money) and walked after things that do not profit.(Jer 9:6 KJV) Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
Many PERSONS here on earth still will come to us even now in Christ's name stating they are Christ's selected workers, representatives here on earth, in the local churches, politics, life, and they are not, for rather clearly firstly their MAIN God is their own belly, even money, AND SECONDLY GENERALLY THEY ARE ALSO VERY CLEARLY AND FALSELY PROMOTING SELF AND ARE ALSO EMPIRE BUILDING and thus they are not building up the Kingdom of God or his people. Some evangelical leaders, persons are even building totally false Churches and EVEN A cult too.
(Rom 16:18 KJV) For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.(Phil 3:19 KJV) Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:SADLY IN REALITY TOO MANY MEN IN THE MINISTRY NOW ARE BUILDING THEIR OWN FALSE CHURCHES THESE DAYS TOO AND NOT THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD.(Mat 15:9 KJV) "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." While men do still build their own churches Christ has said the the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church, WHICH IS THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD. THE PILLAR AND THE GROUND OF THE TRUTH, BUILT ON THE ROCK JESUS, THE CHURCH OF THE REDEEMED, and he JESUS is still himself building this "glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing." and he is the sole head of it, and we all are to submit to him still.
(Eph 2:20 KJV) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;(Eph 4:11 KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Do take a second look at what the Bible itself says about the role, duties of Pastors, elders, deacons.. they are plural generally in a church too.
Pastors are generally always mentioned as Plural not singular for they are to be just one of the many Church elders.. who are all to be submissive one to another and also to the Apostles, Prophets too. Too many of these red necked rebels called pastors these days do not like to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ never mind in love to another true believer.The word "Pastor" is not found in the New Testament rather it is a plural term, Pastors, and it is found only once in the New Testament. (Eph 4:11 KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
(1 Pet 5:5 KJV) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
It is remarkable that Both Apostle James and Apostle Peter teach the very same identical truths."God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble", "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up". and "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:"
and clearly " all of you be subject one to another, " other believers only,
(Acts 6:1 KJV) And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the HolyGhost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
(1 Tim 3:10 KJV) And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. (1 Tim 3:13 KJV) For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:1 KJV) Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: (1 Tim 3:8 KJV) Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; (1 Tim 3:12 KJV) Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
GAL 2:10 "All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor ( believers) , the very thing I was eager to do."(John 2:25 KJV) And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
God has also been too often telling me that other people are still still cursing us, even other people were still today robbing us of what was rightfully to be ours too, even in our own churches, families sadly, and while I may think that some of the people are nice God stills does knows what they really really are like. Some People curse us cause they feel convicted of being sinners and they do not want to repent, rather than come up to our level they try to bring us down to theirs which is the devil's level not God's.. for there is nothing good in mankind, all there is in mankind is still sinfulness. Yes God also wants you free from the curse, the influence, the power of sinful men to serve him alone.(1 Pet 4:17 KJV) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
(2 Pet 2:3 KJV) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.(Mat 10:21 KJV) And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
(Mat 10:22 KJV) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved(Mark 14:18 KJV) And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.As I have too looked back at my last 40 years of experiences in Christian churches I am still really amazed as to how many pastors, elders ( and it happened even as of lately too) have even deliberately told lied, distorted the Bible and it's teaching falsely even for 1: Hopeful economic, monetary gains 2: to continue their sexual immoral behaviors: 3: to get a false following, false worshippers of them, to bring glory upon themselves rather than upon Christ, and so forth. Many People , men and women do also uphold the crooked, bad pastors for wrong reasons too.
(Jer 5:31 KJV) The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?(Ezek 13:22 KJV) Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:
(Ezek 13:23 KJV) Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.We are not required to be subject to , obedient to any false persons, false pastors and/or false elders and their false teachings.. not even for one minute for we belong to God and not to men..The personal Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the beginning of being able to walk alone with God Romans 14:17 "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." The baptism of the holy Ghost is the "experience" of being put into the body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12:13 "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body...".Don't think now you are wiser than God. Heed to God's ways, his words. Don't go to a bad person, with a bad person, even to their house no matter how charming they are, rather have nothing to do with them... for you will next learn the hard way this truth. These Bad people are not still really not happy till they do hurt someone else, until they do make trouble for others.
(Prov 2:6 KJV) For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
(Prov 2:12 KJV) To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the forwardness of the wicked; 15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
(Prov 2:20 KJV) That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.(Prov 3:31 KJV) Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. 33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.(Prov 4:14 KJV) Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men 9 Or evil women) . 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
(Prov 4:18 KJV) But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.(Rom 13:12 KJV) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.yet now still what about then..GAL 2:10 "All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor ( believers) , the very thing I was eager to do."(Titus 1:5 KJV) For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.(John 8:32 KJV) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Ephesians 4:11, "And he gave some, apostles, and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachersThe Greek tense for these offices is continual present, meaning these persons, offices still exist today.
The Book of Revelation, as well as the Epistles were written to or about specific organized churches now as well.
(Mat 16:26 KJV) For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
(Mat 16:27 KJV) For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Firstly make sure that you personal are in the right way for you also are the Church. Do spend time daily in the place that you DO feel the presence of God. For many, that can be at home, while taking a walk, in the shower... wherever. I also do know this: if you are truly seeking God you will find him daily and not give up, and you will not quit talking to God. For nothing would please Him more than you worshipping Him in Spirit AND in truth. Next Keep your eyes, mind always on Jesus and not mere men. The church is the body of Christ, and you are baptized into it when you receive the holy Ghost. There is only one body - one church. Strive to enter into that "narrow gate", and then follow the holy Ghost that Jesus sent to lead you into all truth. Recognize that there are also really bad fellowships now too, and That is why God is calling all those who love truth to "come out of her my people" --- there often is no rest there for the righteous in the very set denominational churches. Follow after God.. and his word, his Holy spirit. After Jesus himself firstly
(Psa 18:36 KJV) Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.(Psalms 19:7 KJV) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.Clearly God still says for us all only to follow after Him and his Word... not mere man.(Psa 1:1 KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
They thus do bear fruit at the right time..
(Psa 3:8 KJV) Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
(Psa 5:11 KJV) But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.(John 10:10 KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(John 10:11 KJV) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.(John 10:14 KJV) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
(John 10:15 KJV) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.Jesus Christ (God) is the living head of the Church. He expects us to look to him and to him alone and to follow Him. We are not to follow men. Since we have God's Holy Spirit, we should not fall after the same example of disobedience that we read about in 1 Samuel 8 by asking God to give us a man to lead us. We should be content to follow God through his spirit.
In fact, we are warned not to follow men in Jeremiah 17:5. Here the Eternal says, "Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." God does not require his children to have to trust men and what they tell us. That's why he has given each one of us access to His Word. We have direct access to God.The New Testament Church is a spirit-led church. It is not a human organization. It is a spiritual organism where the living head is Jesus Christ himself. Jesus said, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). God uses the vine to typify organization of the Church. In God's model, every member is a branch.The Apostle Paul outlines the only chain of command that exists in 1Corinthians 11:3. He says, "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." The chain is from the Father, to Christ to each family.
The scripture also says no man can serve two masters. Paul said, there is One Lord (Eph 4:5). Paul said, "do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10). You can't be a servant of Christ and at the same time be required to follow all of the dictates of men. There is only one true head that we need to submit to and that head is Christ.
God "hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all" (Eph. 1:22-23). The Father "hath committed all judgment unto the Son: ... And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man" (John 5:22-27). We don't have to answer to men. We are not accountable to the dictates of men. For this reason Paul says, "... why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ" (Romans 14:10).Mutual, reversible accountability and voluntarysubmission is an integral part of the New Testament church structure rather still and of all true churches today as well(Heb 10:25 KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.Let God tell you where to do , what to do and always as well. Not sure pray and ask him to do so.Over and Over we have this constant theme in the Bible that God's will next will be done, that some people will be blessed by it and that others such as the unrepentant wicked persons will be punished by it. The Gospel, Bible is not all good, positive news for it also includes real, bad negative news as well.God's will also is for all persons too is to know Him initially and continually, firstly through genuine personal repentance. For immaturity and unrepentant sins will keep any believer in the pigpen instead.. you cannot have one foot in the world, flesh, the devil, hell and the other one next in Heaven, with God.. it cannot be done. That is why so many so called Christian persons are still unspiritual and why they cannot understand the truth or know it. Why we have so many false pastors false teachers, false apostle, false prophets, false evangelists, the false believers .God does not at all forever overlook all of the injustice being done on earth or all of the unrepentant personal sins, in fact often there is a periodic time when these persons who have sowed them do next reap the negative things they sowed, and they are even publicly exposed as being false. The News often tells us of what sinful persons have done as well.Do See alsoGod bless(John 3:16 KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.A house divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:25) applies to Churches, and our homes, and our marriages too.God Bless you.Please do see also these good